Friday, February 20, 2015

The Faculty of Law’s Prof. Stephen Waddams, LLB 1967, is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law in honour of his outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.

In an illustrious career spanning more than 45 years, Waddams’ scholarship has reverberated in the academy with numerous legal monographs and articles that have been studied and cited by academics and courts, nationally and internationally, in approximately 1,500 legal judgments, and about three dozen by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Considered a pioneer and innovator, his writing is lauded for its clarity, conciseness, thoroughness, and brilliant insights.

Indeed, his three seminal legal treatises, Products Liability (1974), The Law of Contracts (1977), and The Law of Damages (1983), remain the leading Canadian authorities on product liability, contracts, and legal remedies.

He has taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law since 1968 and is currently holder of the Goodman/Schipper chair.

“Prof. Waddams has made profound and enduring contributions to the law and legal scholarship in Canada and beyond,” says Analea Wayne, Q.C., chair of the CBA awards committee. “His seven books have served as resources for Canadian courts, practitioners, law students, and academics, and have had considerable influence on the evolution of scholarship and Canadian common law.”

Established in 1993 by then-Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn, The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law celebrates exemplary contributions to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.

Read the full announcement here.